January 2013 Archive

Pre’s Adventure in Asheville

Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you today, a post written by our Boston Terrier mix, Pre (aptly named after the runner Prefontaine).


Hi guys! I’m excited to be on Mom’s blog today and find out why she spends so much time hanging out online with you guys…sheesh.

We all went on vacation last weekend to Asheville, NC and they took lots of picture. First, we went hiking because Asheville has lots of beautiful mountains, but unfortunately Mom forgot to take pictures.

Next, we stopped at a brewery! But I only drank water.

After the brewery, we went in search of a restaurant that I could eat at too. Mom had french toast…

Dad had a pork sandwich…

And I got some french fries because I’m such a good girl (and am especially good at begging).

Mom also had to take a picture of me sitting at the table with her, though I don’t know why- she’s so embarrassing.

Next, we went to the Battery Park Book Exchange where I got to look at books and have coffee (well, I didn’t have any, but Dad did!)

And then Mom made me sit still while she took another picture of me being cute.

There were so many other dogs at the book store, too! I had such a great time.

Then we went across the street to another book store where the owner gave me a treat! Boy do I love books.

After visiting the bookstores, we drove around town a bit more, then we went back to the hotel to relax for the night. Asheville’s such a cool place- I hope they take me back again!

How Many Books Have You Written?

I’ll begin by a quote from Chuck Wendig, because who doesn’t love Chuck Wendig?

“Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. If you write: you are a writer. If you do not write: you are not. Aspiring is a meaningless null state that romanticizes Not Writing. It’s as ludicrous as saying, “I aspire to pick up that piece of paper that fell on the floor.” Either pick it up or don’t.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately (duh) but more precisely  how much writing I actually write. When I wrote Cadaver Dog, I was paralyzed by the fear that if I even considered trying to write something new, I would instantly lose Jacob’s voice (my MC in Cadaver Dog). For a year, I wrote and rewrote and sent to betas and rewrote again, even during my 6 months of querying, I never even wrote a short story.

All I can think now is how much time I wasted.

But then the writing bug hit, not once but twice…three times! I wrote After Death in a month, started its companion novel, and am now 15k into a new book that feels just like magic.

And the thing is, I’m positive I could still go back and write in Jacob’s voice.

Whew. I can’t believe I’m into my 6th book! It’s pretty thrilling.


I’m curious, how do you write- do you have to focus on one book or can you keep track of multiple? How many books have you written?

What Are You Looking Forward To In 2013?

I know we’re a week past the New Year, but there are so many exciting things coming up this year that I want to post

1. I’m looking forward to writing and learning more about my craft. My goal this year is to write 2 new books.

2. It’s time to get back in shape! I’ve signed up for a half marathon in April that I’m looking forward to. I always feel better when I’m moving and exercising. Also, the bf and I received rock climbing shoes for Christmas and I’m excited to learn something new!

3. Books! I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t have a TBR list a mile long. My goal is to read another 50 books this year, including more out of my genre (YA contemporary/fantasy).

4. I have a fall writing retreat that I wish would hurry up and get here sooner, and I’m still considering going to the SCBWI Atlanta conference again.

5. I started grad school this week! I’m nervous and excited and have butterflies swirling around in my stomach just thinking about it. I’m thinking I won’t be too busy with the full-time job and part-time school that I’ll still have plenty of time for writing/reading/exercising/making-new-friends.

6. And last but definitely not least, I’m excited to see where the next year of writing takes us all. We’re all on a journey and I think 2013 has some fun things in store for us 🙂

What are you looking forward to this year? Do you have any goals you’ve made for yourself?